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No. 15 Bethlehem Catholic (PA) took down Pen Argyl this past weekend, 34-25, to claim the Pennsylvania Class AA District 11 Team Championship.* Bethlehem Catholic?s force at the lower weights (103-125), won the final 4 matches of the dual to seal the victory.

Darian Cruz (No. 2 @ 103) took the mat at 103 pounds with his top-seeded Golden Hawks trailing No. 2 seed Pen Argyl by nine points with four bouts to go.* The Green Knights had turned in some brilliant, dazzling wrestling in the middle- and upperweights to build that lead and needed one more win for an impressive upset.





Cruz and his mates ? Zeke Moisey (No. 12 @ 112), Randy Cruz* (H.M. @ 119) and Jaydon Rice at 125 ? made sure that win never came.

?We came together after our heavyweight was pinned, us four, and we all said we had to get tough and make it happen,? said Cruz.

Two decisions by Cruz and Moisey and a pair of pins by Randy Cruz and Rice later, Darian Cruz?s bunch had made Becahi?s first team district championship happen over a determined bunch of Green Knights.

?We knew if it came down to us we?d win,? Darian Cruz said. ?Coach (Jeff Karam) would put the four of us up against any four in the country.?

To continue reading article by:* Brad Wilson (The Express-Time)

Championship Match Results:

Bethlehem Catholic 34, Pen Argyl 25

130 ? Rich Cruz (Bethlehem Catholic) def. Jarett Stoelzl (Pen Argyl) ? Major Decision 14-6

135 ? Cody Gonzalez (Bethlehem Catholic) def. Zach Bartleson (Pen Argyl)* ? Maj. Dec. 16-3

140 ? Michael Racciato (Pen Argyl) def. Zachary Hoppaugh (Bethlehem Catholic)* -* Pin 5:28

145 ? Ryan Todora (Bethlehem Catholic) def. Luciano Burriesci (Pen Argyl) ? Dec. 5-2

152 ? Rex Lutz (Pen Argyl) def. Kyle DeHaut (Bethlehem Catholic) ? Dec. 6-3

160 ? Elliot Riddick (Bethlehem Catholic) def.* J.D. Rabenold (Pen Argyl) ? Technical Fall 25-8

171 ? Tyler Horn (Pen Argyl) def. Jose Ortiz (Bethlehem Catholic) ? Maj. Dec. 11-3

189 ? Dylan Evans (Pen Argyl) def. Josh Alpha (Bethlehem Catholic) ? Dec. 5-2

215 ? Ryan Barry (Pen Argyl) def. Martin LaLuz (Bethlehem Catholic) ? Dec. 6-2

285 ? Kirby Mutton (Pen Argyl) def. Ben Bunce (Bethlehem Catholic) ? Pin 3:39

103 ? Darian Cruz (Bethlehem Catholic) def. Matt Williams (Pen Argyl) ? Dec. 11-5

112 ? Zeke Moisey (Bethlehem Catholic) def.* Jamie Welsh (Pen Argyl) ? Dec. 3-0

119 ? Randy Cruz (Bethlehem Catholic) def. Tyler Knapik (Pen Argyl) ? Pin 1:47

125 ? Jaydon Rice (Bethlehem Catholic) def. Ryan Lobb (Pen Argyl) ? Pin 3:44